A Horrible Way to Die [Blu-ray]
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The story basically follows two threads. First, we follow serial killer Garrick Turrell as he escapes police capture and resumes his killing spree. We actually spend quite a bit of time with the killer and it's clear that he's tortured [so to speak] by his own evil acts even as he commits them. This could have been handled in an eye rolling manner but I thought it was actually done quite well. AJ Bowen gives a pretty good performance as a self loathing killer. In fact I thought the casting overall was well done. The other storyline follows a pair of recovering alcoholics, Sarah and Kevin, who begin a relationship after they meet at an AA meeting. Based on the title I assumed that at some point Sarah, Kevin and Garrick would meet and someone, maybe everyone, would die horribly. It wasn't something I looked forward to since the director did a good job of making Sarah and Kevin both believable and sympathetic. My concern was that the director was just setting the audience up for an extended, cringe worthy torture scene. I won't spill the beans on what happens but the ending was not as I predicted.
So where does the movie go wrong? The photography is vomit inducing. The camera pans in, the camera pans out, we get weird little cuts and sometimes it feels like the cameraman just sort of gently goes to sleep as the camera slowly falls away. Most scenes end with the camera losing focus causing me eyestrain.Read more ›
To summarize the plot, Sarah (Amy Seimetz) is recently sober and has been attending AA meetings for about four months. Still waters run deep with Sarah and it is written over her face that there is emotional turbulence plaguing her life. In her home group she meets Kevin (Joe Swanberg) and an awkward intimacy blooms between the two of them. Meanwhile, Garrick Turrell (AJ Bowen) is an extremely dangerous serial killer who has just escaped from prison and is on the run. As he eludes the authorities he begins killing again. Garrick's goal is to go after Sarah; she is both his ex-girlfriend and the one who turned him in.
I do not want to minimize the plot, but this is basically the story. I am not attempting to belittle the story, but it isn't very complex. Notwithstanding, the manner in which the tale unfolds is what makes it unique. The narrative is interwoven; the present and former events are blended together. A perfect example of this is Sarah working and then going to AA meeting morphs to her being at home with Garrick. The movie isn't very linear. I actually find non-liner to be very refreshing, yet even I was befuddled at times. As for the violence, it is true dualism in the sense that it is subtle and graphic. Some of the killings are left to the imagination and others are a splatter fest. This is a movie making ruse I haven't seen before and I welcomed it.
I felt the acting in this film was really good.Read more ›
A Horrible Way to Die is the story of two people. One, a notorious serial killer with a rabid online fan base, and the other an innocent woman trying to get her life together through Alcoholics Anonymous. While the killer evades police and racks up his body count while on the road, the woman begins a relatably awkward romance with a fellow recovering alcoholic. What these two stories have to do with one another, you will have to wait and see. The film takes it's time slowly filling in backstory and details of the past using flashbacks, but once it gets there AHWTD really earns it's stripes.
As serial killer films go, this is one that eschews both the standards of Hollywood and the excesses of slasher and hardcore horror films. This one is first and foremost about the characters, and the cast does an excellent job of portraying the vulnerability of it's characters.Read more ›
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great movie! i love Barrett and Wingard's films! this was definitely a good one, not as good as their other movies, but worth a watch!Published 12 months ago by tfreddy
This film left me wanting more of a character study, more depth, more details. AJ Bowen is simply a fantastic, engaging actor who commands the camera well. Read morePublished 16 months ago by IncognitoMom
Good movie, quite suspenseful at times. I did not expect the plot twist and I am pretty good figuring them out before the reveal. Read morePublished on February 4, 2014 by Dino Velvett
“A Horrible Way to Die” follows the story of two people: Garrick (A J Bowen), a prison inmate who manages to escape in a bloody way, and Sarah (Amy Seimetz), an Alcoholics... Read morePublished on January 24, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I find it very sad that people nowadays cannot enjoy a well thought out thought-provoking indie film and instead spend their time watching repetitive, overdone, glamorized... Read morePublished on August 15, 2013 by Stephanie
I miss the old Adam Wingard.
When he first came onto the scene with "Home Sick" I was blown clean outta my socks, out the window, and onto my front porch. Read more
The writer, Simon Barrett, wrote a commendable and very interesting story which the director/editor, Adam Windgard, completely butchered with the help of the photgraphers, Chris... Read morePublished on February 5, 2013 by Henry Pruess